December 2018
Left to right: Bill Garrett, Linda Cartwright, Debbie Justeson, Elena Adams, Brad Monroe

Board member Debbie Justeson, who is beginning her third four-year term, and new board members Linda Cartwright and Brad Monroe were sworn into office by outgoing Board President Bill Garrett. The board members thanked those who supported them and said they were honored to be serving on the board.

Board president Bill Garrett welcomed the two new board members and congratulated Justeson on her election. He praised the afternoon workshop about the board’s role in accreditation that was given by Stephanie Droker, vice president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Board member Elena Adams said she attended the JSPAC (Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee) conference in Sacramento and learned much, especially at a workshop on STEM careers and another on deaf populations.

Board member Brad Monroe commented on the passing of Barry Wynn, who established the respiratory therapy program at Grossmont College.
Board member Linda Cartwright said she is looking forward to learning more about the District and would do her best as a trustee.

Grossmont College Student Trustee Edwin Hernandez Armenta congratulated the newly-elected board members and noted numerous events at the colleges, including de-stress events for students during finals and the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Kyrie Macogay said she attended a conference on food insecurity at Compton College and learned about the issues those students face.
Governing Board

Linda Cartwright
Debbie Justeson
Elena Adams
Bill Garrett
Brad Monroe

Student Trustees:
Edwin Hernandez Armenta
Kyrie Macogay

Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.

Grossmont College
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.

Cuyamaca College President
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellors
Tim Corcoran, Human Resources
Sue Rearic, Business Services
Sean Hancock, Ed.D. Student & Institutional Success
Next Meeting
The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Cuyamaca College's Student Center.The open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following closed session at 5 p.m.

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At its Dec. 11, 2018 meeting, the Governing Board:
  • Elected Linda Cartwright as Governing Board president for 2019; Debbie Justeson as vice president; and Elena Adams as clerk.
  • Heard public comment from Pat Murray, Grossmont College senior health science technician, who thanked the outgoing leadership of CSEA for their service.
  • Set the date and times for the 2019 board meetings. The meetings are held on third Tuesday of the month, except in September and December, when they will be held on the second Tuesday. The meeting sites alternate between the Cuyamaca College Student Center and Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate.
  • Approved course, certificate and degree changes for Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges.
  • Approved updates to Board Policies 2315, Closed Session Meetings; 2330, Quorum and Voting; 3810, Claims Against the District; and 7635, Discipline and Dismissals-Classified Employees.
  • Gave Chancellor/Classified Senate Annual Awards to, from left, Rochelle Weiser, Professional Development training assistant, Grossmont College; Gabriela Avila-Garcia, Campus and Parking Services operations assistant, District Services and; Gwen Nix, administrative assistant, Cuyamaca College;
  • Approved the ratification of signatures on District agreements, and approved purchase orders and warrants.
  • Approved travel to Wollongong, NSW, Australia for Auto Technology Instructor Brad McCombs to present at an international conference.
  • Approved completion of the Cuyamaca College Learning Resource Center Building restoration project.
  • Approved the hiring of Vernon Benson III, Cuyamaca College athletic facilities technician; Michael Carr, director enterprise systems, Information Technology, District Services; Anaid Ceron Northcraft, professional development specialist, Human Resources, District Services; Daniel Cisela, payroll director, Payroll, District Services; Susan Glass, financial analyst, District Business Services, District Services; Jorge Navarro-Alvarez, campus and parking services specialst, CAPS, District Services; Dawn Parker, tutoring center specialist, Learning and Technology Services, Grossmont College; Joseph Parry, athletic trainer, Grossmont College; and Russell Petersen, specialty lab technician IV, Cuyamaca College.
  • Ratified the contract for Todd McDonald, associate vice chancellor, District Business Services, District Services.
  • Approved a short-term hourly assignment for District Services.
  • Approved reviews and updates to Administrative Procedures 3810, Claims Against the District; and 7365, Discipline and Dismissals, Classified Employees.


The Board heard reports from the chancellor and her cabinet members:

Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes reported on the Caring Campus Initiative, emphasizing the role that classified professionals have in supporting students, and a trip by the Humanities 115 Arts and Culture class to Chicano Park to learn about its role and history.
Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh reported on the Champions of Higher Education Award that Grossmont College received for its efforts to increase the number of students receiving Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT). Grossmont College ranked third in the state for its proportion of students receiving an ADT, and 6th place for total number of ADTs granted.
Sean Hancock, vice chancellor for student and institutional success, reported on the team from both colleges attending the American Association of Community Colleges Institute on Scaling Guided Pathways Districtwide. Hancock is leading efforts to have Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges better partner their guided pathways efforts.
Chancellor Cindy L. Miles reported on a meeting with Grossmont College leaders and Caroline Casagrande, U.S. State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for academic programs, to learn about Grossmont College's model for attracting infternational students and to share information about federal resources that could enhance the program. Aaron Starks commented on the meeting, which Casagrande requested. Grossmont College is ranked 39 th among the nation’s community colleges for international student recruitment.